I have a dual-boot laptop (Windows 7/Kubuntu 12.04) with an IDE spinning-rust disk.
I'd like to reinstall Windows. The problem is that the only medium for that is a factory-installed recovery partition, and I'm concerned it might potentially damage the Linux partitions.
My current plan of attack is:
- Note down existing partition information (from e.g.
- Back up the Linux partitions using
- Use the Windows recovery to reinstall Windows.
- If the recovery process damages the Linux partitions or dual boot configuration, use a LiveCD to:
- Partition the disk as it was before the reinstall.
ddto write the partition data into the newly created partitions.
- Restore the dual boot configuration (I have yet to research how I go about that).
The question I'd like to ask: is this the correct approach, and, if yes, what are the gaps and potential pitfalls I should be mindful about?